The New York Islanders, led by Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson, are ready to take the ice against Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for an East-West showdown. The action gets started at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, and you’ll be able to catch it live on MSG Plus 2.
New York Islanders at Nashville Predators Odds
Nashville (-140) is currently favored over New York (+120), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.
New York is 33-22 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 55 regular season matches, 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Isles are 15-11 SU on the road in 2019-20.
New York has converted on 19.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of its penalties..
With a .915 save percentage and 26.1 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (18-16-4) has been the primary option in goal for New York this season. If New York chooses to rest him, however, the team might roll with Thomas Greiss (16-11-2 record, .920 save percentage, 2.55 goals against average).
On the other side of the rink, Nashville is 26-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 55 regular season contests, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 11-15 SU as the home team this season.
The Predators have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Pekka Rinne (24.3 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for the Predators. Rinne has 17 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 3.11 goals against average and a fairly-weak .895 save percentage this season.
New York Islanders vs. Nashville Predators Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under
Over Nashville’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-4 in those games).
The Predators are 9-12 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Islanders are 25-9 SU in games where they serve more minutes than the opposition.
Nashville is 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-2 in shootouts.
Four of Nashville’s last five outings gone under the total.
New York is ranked 31st this season with 14.4 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended lower recently, however, as it’s averaged 11.7 giveaways over its last 10 games and 10.6 giveaways over its last five.
Nashville has averaged 9.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 9.1 giveaways per game (the 10th-fewest in the NHL).
New York skaters have given out the second-most hits in the league (28.5 per game), but the team’s recorded just 25.4 hits over their last five away games.